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Horror Movies 2011 – Guide

= PUSHED OUT OF 2011 =

The Innkeepers
Release Date: TBC 2012
Starring: Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis, George Riddle
Director: Ti West

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The Innkeepers is about the last two employees of a supposedly haunted hotel which is about to go bankrupt after a hundred years in business. As the final days tick down, mysterious guests check in, including a former TV actress turned psychic (Kelly McGillis) and an old man insistent on staying in room 353. As several strange occurrences begin to add up, the two employees must decided whether or not to believe. Director Ti West’s previous horror The House of the Devil became something of a cult hit. He says this will be “scarier”, with more jokes, and more mainstream. Hopefully he’ll continue to put atmosphere before quick edits and jump scares.

The Woman In Black
Release Date: Pushed to 3 February 2012
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer
Director: James Watkins

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So my favourite play, and TV movie, is being turned into a theatrical movie. And from the pictures so far, they’ve nailed the look of it. Daniel ‘Potter’ Radcliffe plays a lawyer who is ordered to travel to a remote village and sort out a recently deceased client’s papers. As he works alone in the client’s isolated house, he begins to uncover tragic secrets, and glimpse a freaky mysterious woman dressed only in black. Radcliffe’s well suited to this role, if a few years too young. Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, Stardust) adapted the ’83 novel for the director of Eden Lake. Can’t wait.

The Raven
Release Date: Pushed to 9 March 2012
Starring: John Cusack, Luke Evans, Alice Eve
Director: James McTeigue

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A fictionalised account of the last days of Edgar Allan Poe’s life, in which the poet (Cusack) teams up with a detective (Evans – Clash Of The Titans) to pursue a serial killer who’s kidnapped Poe’s fiance and gone on a killing spree which mimics the writer’s stories. This is from the director of V For Vendetta and Ninja Assassin. It’s all slightly ridiculous but sounds most entertaining. Oddly, it’s a near identical plot to Cusack’s other horror-thriller this year, except he’s Poe.


Knights Of Badassdom
Release Date: Pushed to Spring 2012
Starring: Summer Glau, Peter Dinklage, Steve Zahn, Danny Pudi, Ryan Kwanten
Director: Joe Lynch

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This is my favourite synopsis of any movie this year – ‘Live-action role players conjure up a demon from hell by mistake and must deal with the consequences.’ This comedy-horror has a fun cast; Summer Glau (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Peter Dinklage (excellent actor who happens to be a dwarf), Steve Zahn (A Perfect Getaway) and Danny Pudi (Community). Great title too. Shame it’s directed by Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2).


BEST OF 2011: (combining critics’ and public’s opinions)
1st: Tucker and Dale vs Evil   2nd: TrollHunter   3rd: Fright Night   4th: Insidious
5th: The Woman   6th: Black Death   7th: Paranormal Activity 3   8th: We Are The Night
9th: Final Destination 5   10th: Scream 4   11th: Red State   12th: Mother’s Day  
13th: The Thing   14th: Rubber   15th: Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark
16th: Vanishing On 7th Street   17th: The Resident   18th: The Ward   19th: The Rite
20th: Quarantine 2: Terminal

WORST OF 2011:
1st: The Roommate   2nd: Dylan Dog: Dead Of Night   3rd: 11-11-11
4th: Shark Night 3D   5th: Season Of The Witch   6th: The Human Centipede II
7th: The Darkest Hour   8th: Red Riding Hood   9th: Priest   10th: Apollo 18

Leave your thoughts on 2011’s horror movies in the comments.
Do you agree with the order? What were your favourite horrors this year?


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  • Thom said

    I can’t believe there are so many horror movies in 2011, and I thought they overdid the superhero genre!

    I can’t say I’m particularly interested in any of them. With horror movies I tend to always go with word-of-mouth whether a film is any good or not.

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    • Lulu said

      Many of the movies listed here are NOT horror movies, like Piranha 3DD and Final Destination 5.

      They can only be considered as action or thrillers at most.

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      • Lulu said

        To clarify, just because someone/group of people died a horrible death doesn’t make the movie a horror movie.

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        • spoons said

          well actually they are horrors just because they aren’t a slasher horror movie doesn’t mean it’s not horror. Horror is something you find horrific hence the name and being hunted down by death with no escape is pretty scary. in that context i would call it a slasher movie except you can’t see the attacker.

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          • Luke said

            I think Final Destination is definitely thriller/suspense, not horror. Piranha, who knows? Avoid it at all costs.

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      • Sheridan Passell said
        Sheridan Passell

        Wah? Final Destination and Piranha are horror movies. Any film database will list them as horror or horror-thriller. Both have evil forces killing off most of the principle cast one by one in gruesome ways to elicit fear, disgust and horror from viewers.

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        • HottDave said

          Sheridan, I so agree with you.

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          • ranj said

            Final Destination same story, the horror long gone, but Piranha 3d really good stuff really enjoyed it, like The Rite and are you really ice cool, u would be great to watch horror with. X

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      • keeley said

        Actually LuLu, they would be classified as horrors.
        If they make you jump, or give you a scare; that is a horror movie. Most thriller movies are just action movies.

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        • col said

          Lulu i kind of agree with you but can you tell me a good horror movie to watch and hope i have not yet seen thanks C

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          • Alicia said

            Thrillers make you jump and leave you guessing till the end. they are most physcological. I agree with Keeley Lulu they are all classed as thrillers/horrors.

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    • Luke said

      I watched Insidious last night, it was a very average movie. Paper thin plot.

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  • Sheridan Passell said
    Sheridan Passell

    @Thom – Word of mouth is certainly a deciding factor.

    The best horror movies of 2011 really should be Fright Night, Insidious and The Thing. If those turn out like they ought to, it’ll be a good year.

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    • anni said

      Priest sound good !! also scream 4 too !! wow there are going to be a lot of scary movies in 2011 !! I wish I could participate in a good horror movie , taking off all stress making the shots , hehehehe just saying 😉

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      • morgan said

        scream 4 sucked but priest was amazing

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        • saad said

          I agree with Lulu … if you want to watch a good horror movie from 2011 try Paranormal activity 3

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      • Lola said

        Actully the movie Scream 4 isnt really good at all, just by looking at the trailer you can already tell who the killer is.

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  • Joker said

    Wow another Final Destination. There are some franchises that just don’t know when to quit. Anyway Scream 4 is my number one 2011 horror movie hands down and after that I would put The Thing. I’m eager to see Radcliffe in Woman in Black. It’ll be refreshing to watch him play a role other than the boy who lived.

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  • My Butt's Bigger Than You(rs) said

    God, James Wan is a MACHINE.

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  • dalmatianjaws said

    I’m interested in the Woman in Black and that’s about it.

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  • T.ROSS said

    Nice. From this list I am probably most intrested in Woman in Black, I thought Eden Lake was amazing, so I am siked for James Watkins’s follow up film. I dont know too much about Cabin in the Woods, but I love promo posters. I think it will be one of the best horror movies of 2011, if it’s not pushed to next year. Like Innkeepers which is Ti West’s new film after last year’s The House of the Devil. There has already been hype over some scenes that some critics got to see. Plus it is being shown at 27th edition of the Sundance Film Festival. I think it’ll be awesome. T.ROSS

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  • crazy man said

    i cant wait to see all these movies im seeing every single one

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  • Bevan said

    Black Death has already come out on dvd

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      In the UK it has, we’re going by US release dates here. It’s out in US theaters on 11th March 2011, and is available On Demand from 4th February 2011.

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  • kyle said

    Loved The Collector. Can’t wait for the sequel. It’s going to be awesome. The Collector wasn’t well heard of but I saw it awhile ago and thought it was great.

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  • Streamline Putcher said

    2011 horror movies I’m looking forward to most are Scream 4 and Final Destination 5.

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  • Lauren said

    Looking forward to seeing quite a few of the them especially scream 4 but why make another human centipede!

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  • Nads said

    WOOOOOOOOOO GO SCREAM 4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • heath said

    well they just don’t make em like they used to. i think the thing should be interesting but they probably wont do the classic any justice. if they do it right scream 4 could be cool. and the woman in black sounds appealing…. i guess. where are all the good slashers at? seems like new movies have to have some crazy demon or spirit or plot twist. seriously give me teens being slayed because they were smoking pot and im good

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      Mainstream slashers are out of fashion again. Studios have been remaking the classics one by one but now they’re basically all used up. But slashers will be back. The reaction from early test screenings of Scream 4 has been good, a big box office for that would encourage them…

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  • Berna said

    Excited to watch 2011 horror movies like: Final Destination 5, The Roommate, 11-11-11 🙂

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  • gd smith said

    I’ll end up watching most of the films on the list as my mental age and lack of taste dictate that i must watch horror. I have no choice in these matters.

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